With $910,000, Geylang HDB Flat With City Views Sold.
UPDATED: In January, a 5-room HDB resale flat on a high floor in Geylang with sweeping views of the Singapore Sports Hub and city skyline was sold with a sky-high price of $910,000.
The sale price is about $769 psf on the floor area and 1,184 sq ft corner unit works.
The 18-year-old flat is near Mountbatten MRT station famous eateries, supermarkets and Kallang Wave Mall and located at Block 3 Pine Close.
The unit has an requested price of $920,000 and was listed on PropertyGuru.
ERA Realty property agent Dulcie Liu, who brokered the deal said that it was snapped up after two days by a Singaporean couple who recently sold their property in an en bloc sale. That is the reason why it becomes the most expensive 5-room flat ever sold in Pine Close.
This is an ideal location and the couple was willing to pay a premium for the flat “Such well-located flats will never waver in demand and price,” Liu said.
This high-priced sales is very rare in the area. According to HDB data, since the start of 2014, with over half of the 30 5-room flats transacted in Pine Close going for below the $850,000 mark. In February, other recent deals in Pine Close include the $890,000 sale of a 1,216 sq ft unit at Block 7 in March, and the $830,000 sale of a 1,292 sq ft flat at Block 9 .
Meanwhile, experts said that such high prices are not the model for public housing. In the past five years, there was a decrease of HDB resale flat prices, with a a 1.5 percent drop in 2017, in fact.
Despite this, the buyers can make a request to have a choice and the sellers make profit based on those requests, especially with the significant increase in en bloc sales, Liu noted.
She also said: “Many en bloc sellers are now looking to use their sales proceeds to retire in mature HDB estates,”
Agreed with Liu, Ismail Gafoor, CEO of PropNex Realty said: “The en bloc boom in 2017, alongside the positive sentiment in the residential market, is set to increase the demand for HDB resale properties as some of the displaced homeowners might consider purchasing resale flats as their new home,”. He also exexpects in 2018, HDB resale prices can grow of 1.0 to 2.0 percent.
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Adapted from PropertyGuru, March 22, 2018